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October 13, 2010 2:18:17 PM

Building a new system. Running Windows XP. Is there a big difference in running a SATA drive on IDE emulation instead of finding and loading a driver to run it as SATA?

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October 13, 2010 4:34:06 PM

There isn't a big difference. On XP I recommend IDE unless you're running a RAID setup. Vista & Win7 have built in drivers for AHCI so it's less problematic on those OS's.
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October 13, 2010 4:54:02 PM

With XP it's less hassle to use IDE emulation mode since the AHCI (SATA) drivers aren't included - you'd have to use the "F6 to load drivers" procedure during the XP install and have the AHCI driver disk handy. That's not necessary if the motherboard emulates IDE.

With Vista/Windows 7 AHCI is supported out of the box, so there's absolutely no reason to use IDE emulation mode.
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October 13, 2010 5:15:20 PM

If I use the AHCI driver, which I have on floppy already, it gives me a choice between X86 driver and if I remember correctly X64 driver... Doesn't this choice depend on the version of XP I'm running... or does it depend on the processor?
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October 13, 2010 6:20:22 PM

It depends on the OS. Use x86 for XP (32 bit) and x64 for XP 64 bit.
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October 23, 2010 9:08:36 PM

Best answer selected by johnnywyoming.
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